Biography - Dr. Robert E. Schleper, Jr.
Dr. Schleper was elected to the Chagrin Falls Board of Education in November 2021. Robert serves on the District Policy Advisory Committee, the District Capital Planning Advisory Committee, the Healthcare Advisory Committee, and is the Legislative Liaison to the Ohio School Board Association. Robert also serves as the district liaison to Gurney Elementary School.
Robert has worked in the field of education for over fifteen years and has held positions in educational spaces in Cleveland, Boston, and Denver. He has been a high school English teacher and department chair, a high school principal, and has held administrative positions in gifted and talented education, instructional services, and concurrent enrollment. In the university space, he has worked in student facing and student support roles that included academic advising and student success, student affairs, and international affairs.
Robert was elected as a council member for the Village of Chagrin Falls in 2015 before moving to Denver, Colorado for a professional opportunity with Denver Public Schools. While in Denver, he was appointed by the mayor to serve as a Commissioner for LGBTQ Affairs, as well as a Commissioner for Crime Prevention and Control, both for the City and County of Denver. In these roles, he worked collaboratively with stakeholders and legislators at the city, county, and state levels, serving as the liaison to Denver Public Schools.
Robert currently serves as the Director of Student Affairs for Cleveland State University Global, which supports the international community at the university. Robert is also a faculty member in the department of Teacher Education in Cleveland State University’s College of Education and Human Services.
Robert received an Ed.D in Educational Leadership from New England College. He also holds an M.Ed in Professional Teaching as well as a B.A. in Journalism and English, both from John Carroll University. He has completed graduate programming, licensure, and been selected to participate in other academic opportunities including Northeastern University’s MAT program, and the M.S. in Urban Studies in the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University.
Robert moved to Chagrin Falls in 2002, and his husband, Thomas, is a 2003 graduate of Chagrin Falls High School. In 2020, after several years in Denver, Colorado, they returned to Chagrin Falls to raise their daughter Josephine, CFHS Class of 2037. They reside in Moreland Hills.